Defence Minister Approves Re-organisation of Army Headquarters

Indian Army

New Delhi. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has approved some measures for re-organisation of Army Headquarters based on a detailed internal study conducted by the Army Headquarters.

Among the various steps approved by the minister include a separate Vigilance Cell under Chief of Army Staff (COAS) with Tri-Services representation.

Presently, the vigilance function for the COAS is through multiple agencies and there is no single point interface.

An independent vigilance cell will be made functional with ADG (Vigilance) under COAS by.

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It will have three Colonel-level officers (one each from Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy). This will be done within the existing posts at AHQ.

An umbrella organisation under Vice Chief of Army Staff (VCOAS) ftfor enhanced focus on human rights issues will function giving high priority to observance of human rights convention and values.

it has been decided to set up a special Human Rights Section headed by ADG (Major General rank officer) directly under the VCOAS. It will be the nodal point to examine any human rights violation reports. To enhance transparency and ensure the best of investigative expertise is available to the section, a Police officer of SSP/SP rank will be taken on deputation.

The minister also approved relocation of 206 Army Officers from AHQ to Formations and Units of the Field Army.

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